Woman caught caging kids in pet kennels


A Tennessee grandmother was caught allegedly transporting her grandchildren in dog kennels in the trunk of her vehicle is now in the dog house.

She was reportedly charged with two counts of child endangerment.

There were no air conditioning vents in the back of the vehicle and the children told police they became hot. Temperatures in the area reached about 35 degrees Celsius.

At the time of her arrest, Cheeks of Whitehaven admitted driving several miles with the children, aged 7 and 8 years old inside the dog kennels.

The bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, sent the video to Memphis Police.

Leimome Cheeks was apprehended by police after the children were spotted on Elvis Presley Boulevard, in Memphis, yesterday afternoon, Fox 17 News reports.

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The issues of child abuse and endangerment have been at the forefront of the public awareness ever since 13 children were discovered shackled and held captive in a Perris, California, home last January.

"It's shocking, it really is. If she did that, then that's out of character for her", one neighbor said. Neighbors are shocked. They say Leimome Cheeks is a very nice woman and they can't believe she did something like this.

Skylark Blake told the local news outlet that Cheeks is "a nice lady" and he 'can't see her doing that'.

"I think she needs some help. For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", one neighbour said.

Police said the children were OK after the incident.

Cheeks is expected to appear in court Monday at 9 a.m.

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